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Jeremy Thomas was educated at Downside, and lived in London for a number of years with a large variety of noteable jobs before becoming a full time writer . On his 24th Birthday, a long suffering girlfriend gave him a colour pictorial atlas of forensic pathology-a book you could only obtain if you were in the Police force or the Medical profession. It had an inscription “if this doesn’t put you off, nothing will.” His interest only increased! Jeremy's interest in crime always been rooted in actual British murderers. Pathologist Keith Simpon’s 40 Years of Murder was a hit, as was a book by his predecessor Bernard Splisbury. Real murderers such as Heath, Christieand Hague, all the way up to the Manson killings in Los Angeles. Weirdly, working in the music business gave him unusual crossovers, one of which was working with Terry Melcher, famous for producing The Birds and being Doris Day’s son but far more interesting to Jeremy was that having turned down Charlie Manson’s demo tape, he was the intended victim of the Charlie Manson gang...
Jeremy's love of crime fiction was always rooted in writers like P.D James, Patricia Highsmith, Colin Dexter and most importantly Raymond Chandler. Film has always played a massively important role since he was 9 years old and watching The Great Escape through to films like Godfather. The key British crime films are Brighton Rock, Get Carter and The Long Good Friday, and Jeremy believes they are the only films that really matter in terms of UK crime material. US films have been an inspiration to Jeremy such as On the Water Front, The Pawnbroker, Chinatown, The Godfather, Casino, Donny Brascoe, Goodfellas, Hitchcock, Crash, Shortcuts, Fargo, Mulholland Drive, LA Confidential, Before the Devil Knows you are Dead.’
Before becoming a writer full time Jeremy's notable jobs included: working in the operating theatre of the National Heart Hospital (which has ironically now closed down), a cheese waiter in a big hotel, a slave at J Walter Thompson, ‘a great place to work providing your father can afford to send you there.’ He then worked for 20 years in the music business, starting as a record plugger and ended up running all sorts of independent labels. Worked with a wide variety of artist and musical genre including Caravan, Camel, Rupert Hine, ZZ Top to Guana Batz, The Cramps, John Williams, James Brown and The Levellers. Whilst waiting for his first book to be published, he ran a bric a brac in Portobello and Spitalfields market that later buying and selling paintings- something he wishes he could still do.
In 1988 Jeremy moved to Patmos to write full time - a baptism of fire to see if he could cut the mustard as a writer. By 2000, he had moved to LA to live in the Palisades, finished his first novel Taking Leave and gave up smoking which nearly killed him. After a trip to Vancouver resulted in him being refused re-entry to US, he stayed in Vancouver and watched Los Angeles from afar. Since 2003 he had divided his time between London and Patmos. His new book The Santa Monica Suicide Club will be out October 2015.
An intricate and entertaining debut crime thriller set in Los Angeles. Mandy, a male, British, ex actor, ex cop, now private investigator has little regard for the sanctity of crime scenes and all too easily falls in love with a pretty face but, as you get to know him you will warm to him. With a large number of characters to get to grips with, it does initially feel as though you've entered half way through a series as for the most part you are kept in the dark as to their background story. A particularly knotty plot line ensures your brain has a strenuous workout yet inspite of that it's a page turning read. But be prepared, with an almost old-time sleuth feel to the tale laced with dark humour, you need to take a break from reality and hit the ground running in this enjoyably diverting read.